1911 *

We have instant replay
High definition
But in 1911, you put on your hat
Kissed your wife good -bye and went
To Times Square, Herald Square, perhaps Park Row
Big scoreboards in public places
“The crowds stretched for blocks”
Pick your poison
The “Play-O-Graph,” “Star Ball Player,” or “Nokes Electrascore”
It took ten men to operate the Jackson Baseball Indictaor
Which showed miniature men arguing with umpires
The latest in crowd pleasers
Lights marked runners’ movements.
Lights tracked  the ball movement
Reports came in via telegraph
You watch your big screen TV
I’ll  watch mine
But is every advance a retreat
From community?